• WordNet 3.6
    • adj deductive involving inferences from general principles
    • adj deductive relating to logical deduction "deductive reasoning"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Nearly 22,000 checks will be deducted from the wrong account over the next hour.
    • a Deductive Of or pertaining to deduction; capable of being deduced from premises; deducible. "All knowledge of causes is deductive .""Notions and ideas . . . used in a deductive process."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deductive Consisting of deduction; of the nature of or based on inference from accepted principles.
    • deductive Deduced; derived as a conclusion from accepted principles; relating to inference from a principle to the results of that principle in any special case.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Deductive that is, or that may be, deduced from premises or accepted principles
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy.”
  • Lewis H. Lapham
    “I never can pass by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York without thinking of it not as a gallery of living portraits but as a cemetery of tax-deductible wealth.”
  • Xaviera Hollander
    Xaviera Hollander
    “Actually, if my business was legitimate, I would deduct a substantial percentage for depreciation of my body.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.”
  • Shelby Friedman
    Shelby Friedman
    “Income tax time is when you test your powers of deduction.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “No matter how bad a child is, he is still good for a tax deduction.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. L. deductivus, derivative
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. deducĕre, deductumde, from ducĕre, ductum, to lead.


In literature:

Fahrenheit is weighed with a filter, after which that of the latter is deducted.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 821, Sep. 26, 1891" by Various
After deduction of bachelors and others not relevant, we obtained particulars of 316 marriages.
"The History of the Fabian Society" by Edward R. Pease
Not subject to deduction for debts due the United States.
"Military Instructors Manual" by James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
Nothing was more alien from Burke's temper than deductive thinking in politics.
"Political Thought in England from Locke to Bentham" by Harold J. Laski
There is a period in all criminal investigation when deductive reasoning becomes inductive.
"The Stowmarket Mystery" by Louis Tracy
The subconscious makes its own deductions.
"Outwitting Our Nerves" by Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
Deductions from this aggregate total have to be made under four heads.
"The Economic Consequences of the Peace" by John Maynard Keynes
This deduction is confirmed by the experience of those who manage animals.
"Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects" by Herbert Spencer
Then deduct one from the other, and you have the number of posts saved by the shorter route.
"Amusements in Mathematics" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
Mathematical training is almost purely deductive.
"Lay Sermons, Addresses and Reviews" by Thomas Henry Huxley

In poetry:

There was once a man who made a weird machine,
Employing dynamite and kerosene.
His subsequent destruction
Was a matter of deduction,
And a circumstance that might have been foreseen.
"An Error in Creation" by C J Dennis

In news:

Smith's article on Monday, "When a tax benefit isn't — Owners of less expensive homes not helped by mortgage deduction," missed the point regarding standard tax deduction rules.
Deficit panel leaders propose cuts to Social Security and Medicare, upping the retirement age to 69 and scuttling mortgage interest deductions but if all that flies, so will elephants.
The traditional focus of knowledge engineering has been to acquire knowledge that can be used in deductive inference.
Are child tax deductions a step down the slippery slope to serfdom .
This post, in which First Things contributor Greg Forster makes what he calls "The Moral Case Against Child Tax Deductions", is a strange piece of reasoning.
IRS rules for medical deductions are sickening .
FC Sion has lost its latest legal case against football authorities after a Bern regional court rejected the club's request for an injunction against the deduction of 36 league points by the Swiss Football Association.
Gregoire and Cantwell Continue to Support Sales Tax Deduction.
Some districts don't stop deducting 3 percent contribution from members.
District should not be deducting 3 percent contribution after 10 years.
Performance bonuses are tax deductible and subsidies for executive excess add up to over $14 billion a year.
Claim damaged or downed trees as a tax deduction .
The interest rates on these loans are often higher than on secured loans and you generally will not be able to get a tax deduction for the interest paid.
It works a little like a sales tax except that taxes are added and deducted up and down the sales ladder.
Donors can lock in a full deduction today by contributing to an account before year-end, yet distribute the money, which grows tax-free, to charities over time.

In science:

In order to prove the results for networks with biased functions, we deduct the expectation of the average sensitivity when only functions with specific connectivity and specific bias are chosen at random.
Analysis of random Boolean networks using the average sensitivity
In terms of the real parameters x, y , u, v , the above deductions yield v = 0 and u = x.
Equal Superposition Transformations and Quantum Random Walks
Penrose, Foundation of Statistical Mechanics-a deductive treatment.
A Random Matrix Model of Black Holes
Aggregate functions in logic programming languages appeared already in the 1980s, when their need emerged in deductive databases like LDL (Chimenti et al. 1990) and were studied in detail, cf. (Ross and Sagiv 1997; Kemp and Ramamohanarao 1998).
Design and Implementation of Aggregate Functions in the DLV System
In Foundations of Deductive Databases and Logic Programming, J.
Design and Implementation of Aggregate Functions in the DLV System